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SHORT TAKES: How does a downtown median sound?

How does a downtown median sound? Whaddya think? Greenville’s Downtown Development Authority is taking a second look at putting a median in a couple of blocks of Lafayette Street.

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Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office struck by lightning

A tower near the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was apparently struck by lightning this morning. “It scared the bejeebers out of us,” said Central Dispatch Director Tim Scott.

Ethan Schmid 8, and Dalton Rice 7, of Belding, close the door of a plane that was being displayed by Northwestern Michigan College’s Director of Aviation Aaron Cook. — Daily News/Lonnie Smith 

Young Eagles event thrills Greenville area youngsters (Photo Gallery)

While boaters and campers where enjoying Wabasis Lake on Saturday, more than 110 children and 12 volunteer pilots enjoyed the same lake from an eagle’s view. “We flew over Wabasis Lake,” said 12-year-old Gabriel Eastman of Belding.”

Miss Danish Festival Audrey Frank introduces herself to the audience at the Frauenthal Center of the Performing Arts in Muskegon at Saturday evening’s final round of competition in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Frank takes home congeniality prize at pageant

She did not win the top title, but Audrey Frank was still beaming following the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant in downtown Muskegon late Saturday night. Frank, Miss Danish Festival 2011, won the Congeniality Award, worth a $500 scholarship.

The midway carnival at this year’s Summerfest featured several rides for young children and adults. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Scenes from 2012 Lakeview Summerfest (Photo Gallery)

This year’s Lakeview Summerfest, held Friday and Saturday, featured live music, a beer tent, a 5K run, kids games, a parade and dozens of other activities. Summerfest has grown steadily over the past 15 years and now rivals festivals held throughout the area. Though an afternoon thunderstorm diminished the crowds somewhat Saturday afternoon, revelers were back in full force by the time the beer tent got rolling in the early evening.

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Health Department declares designer drugs a threat

The health officer of the Mid-Michigan District Health Department has issued an order declaring the designer drugs known as synthetic marijuana and the poisons known as “bath salts” a threat to public health. This order enables local law enforcement to order people to stop selling these drugs and to remove them from store shelves, and to confiscate the drugs if necessary. The order applies to Clinton, Gratiot and Montcalm counties.

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Funeral notices for June 18, 2012

Read The Daily News funeral notices for Monday, June 18, 2012.

Central Montcalm’s Jared Cilibraise chips from off the second green during Friday’s first round of the Division 3 state boys golf finals Friday at Forest Akers East Golf Course.

Central Montcalm moves up two places at D-3 golf finals

All season Central Montcalm coach Gary Buchholz said his boys golf team could shoot in the 320-stroke range for 18 holes. It took until the Division 3 state finals to do it, but they did, combining for a 313 in the second round of the tournament at Forest Akers East Golf Course on the campus of Michigan State University.

Last year’s Paddle to Pedal event attracted about 15 individuals who kayaked and biked their way throughout scenery along the Flat River in Belding and Smyrna. — Courtesy Photo

Paddle to Pedal offers chance to kayak, bike Flat River and countryside

With its many bike trails and steady flowing Flat River, one doesn’t have to look far when searching for an opportunity to kayak, canoe or bike throughout the greater Montcalm and Ionia areas. The upcoming Paddle to Pedal event, hosted by Double RR Ranch in Belding, will provide an opportunity for family and friends to take in a little of all of these activities while enjoying the natural beauty found along the Flat River and scenic countryside.

Doris Moore recently celebrated her 95th birthday. The self-described feminist previously worked in military intelligence during World War II.— Daily News/Mike Taylor

Ahead of her time: Fiery Sidney feminist looks back on 95 ‘great’ years

Doris Moore was a feminist decades before the term came into common usage. An outspoken advocate for women’s rights, Doris — like her mother and grandmother before her — spent much of her life chasing the equality she sees as the due of all women.